Pardew: "Hazard has given Chelsea an extra dimension"

Speaking after the game on Saturday, Alan Pardew was quick to lavish praise on Eden Hazard and believes that he is bringing Torres back for...

Speaking after the game on Saturday, Alan Pardew was quick to lavish praise on Eden Hazard and believes that he is bringing Torres back for form and has given Chelsea an extra dimension compared to last season. He said:
"You can see why so many top clubs were chasing Hazard and he has certainly given Chelsea an extra dimension in the first few games of this season.

My team won 2-0 at Stamford Bridge last May, but Chelsea have a little bit more than they had in their locker last season with Hazard.

He has that little bit of arrogance and composure top players tend to have when they get on the ball and he was a real threat against us. He may only have played three games for Chelsea, but everyone can see how good he is going to be.

He is a difficult player because he travels with the ball and buys time and when you have someone who can do that you can time your runs off it.

He just has a kind of nonchalance about him that marks him out as a great player, every time he got the ball today he made the right decision - he has made a difference to Chelsea.

That was as good as I have seen Torres play in some time and I have seen a lot of him. He looks to have a little something back in his game and looked dangerous playing with Hazard. It is still the old Chelsea in many ways, but Hazard and Torres are giving them a little extra up front and they will have a good season."

For me Hazard has given Chelsea a balance to our attacking play. Think about it, last season we had Juan Mata who was key to getting hold of the ball and creating chances. Either side of him we had Ramires who isn't that kind of player and a mixture of Bertrand, Torres and Sturridge.

What has really impressed me already is the interchanging of positions between Mata and Hazard. One minute you will find Hazard out wide with Mata inside and then give mins later vice versa. It's been a really noticeable part of Chelsea's attacking play and the opposition have found it difficult to cope with because they are hard to pick up and mark.

Hazard has given two players a new lease of life. One being Torres and the other Juan Mata and it's been interesting to see just how well these three link up together already. Mata has had the responsibility of creating on his own taken away as he now has someone else to do it with him and Torres now knows being number one that if he makes his runs, he will be given the ball.

Take nothing away from Hazard he HAS been outstanding but I think it's important not to get too carried away here. To think, it's only the beginning of the season!


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  1. Agreed. It's very easy to get carried away just a few games in. That being said 6 assists and 1 goal in 3 games is extremely impressive!




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